Renault used the Frankfurt Motor Show to announce the winners of its Supplier Quality Awards for 2008 and they included Austria’s Lagermax AED, which received a global award for “its proactive approach to optimising logistics flows”.
AED, or Alltime Express Distribution, was developed by Lagermax to cater for the delivery of spare parts for the automobile industry. It is now available across Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Slovakia for automotive and a range of other industries. The company’s Day:Time and Night:Time Express services, for example, offer collection and next day delivery across those country networks.
Renault’s senior vice president of quality, Jean Pierre Vallaude, and Christian Vandenhende, senior vice president, purchasing and managing director of RNPO, presented the awards. They congratulated the eight recipient companies and acknowledged that the success of Renault’s vehicles in Europe was down to the dedication and close cooperation of its suppliers.
That success was recognised by Europe’s largest motoring club, Germany’s ADAC, which placed the Scénic first in the compact minivan category and the Mégane among the best of its segment for quality.
Along with Lagermax AED, the winners of Renault’s Supplier Quality Awards 2008 were Delta Invest, Hewlett Packard, Gresin, NGK do Brasil, Perrotoon, Samsong Industries and SNOP.
Renault also used the Frankfurt Motor Show to announce it would launch its first electric car in Romania – the Fluence Z.E. (zero emission) – at the end of 2011. It’s a location of interest to Lagermax AED, seen in the company’s recent signing of a lease agreement with Equest Balkan Properties for 2,230m2 of warehouse space in the Equest Logistic Centre near Bucharest. The company has also recently moved activity to Arad, an important industrial centre and transportation hub in the west of the country, which this week saw the inauguration of an inland container terminal at nearby Curtici. Called RailPort Arad, it is a joint venture project involving Luka Koper, MAV Cargo (Hungarian Railways) and the Slovak logistics operator TTI.
Curtici economically well-developed and is home to a number of multinational manufacturing operations that supply parts to carmakers including BMW, Citroën, Mercedes, Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen.